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by 50% in the second quarter of this year. our phil lebeau is live to tell us why this is happening. phil? >> reporter: it's all about uncertainty, carl. this is a troubling statistic. i want to show you a chart we received which monitors 20 million small business loans with 17 million businesses around the country. look at the falloff here in terms of the amount of investment made by small manufacturers. what you want to look at is towards the end in the third quarter. it fell off dramatically. well, according to pay net, small manufacturers cut their investments in plant, in equipment by 50% in the second quarter. one of the troubling sectors transportation equipment, the investment there for those manufacturers fell off by 33% and according to the folks at pay net this comes down to manufacturers pulling back because of uncertainty. >> there was certainly a lot of uncertainty about how to implement affordable health care. how to react to the tax rates that were coming down pike, whether or not the deficit problem was going to be addressed. >> reporter: bottom line, uncertainty ab
to fill jobs in their second and third sits. phil lebeau is live with more with this fascinating shifts. >> they say, there's no way. if people want a job, they should be able to find one. really? they found many places where they're trying to hire like here. go to indiana where if you look at the state unemployment rate, yes, it has come down from the peak of 10.8% back in 2009 but it's still above the national rate at 8%. we wjt down to bloomfield, indiana, which is just south of bloomington, and down there is metal technologies incorporated. this is an auto parts supplier. they make oil pans that then go on to top tier suppliers. they have four to seven job openings that they cannot fill. they struggle to fill their second and third shifts. part of it is because they can't find people with skills. part of it is because they've offered jobs to people who have said, no, thanks, i'll stay on unemployment. >> it seems like with the unemployment as high as it has been it shouldn't be hard, but we have situations where people either aren't interested in working or they don't fit our our ne
from phil lebeau later this morning, but a fine for allegedly failing to report safety defects in a timely manner required by law. not the first time this has happened. it's the fourth fine in the past two years. automaker does not admit or deny guilt. but there's a look at shares a little bit higher this morning. >> let's check with bob pisani on the floor with more. good morning, bob. >> hello, guys. happy tuesday. of course, we saw a little bit of the drop in futures when corker came out and said we're not close to a deal. by and large, we're still positive here today. that's because everybody knows that a deal of some kind is coming. the president's offer is getting closer to the gop offer. the republicans are meeting this morning, no doubt they'll squawk and scream. ultimately the street believes some kind of deal is coming here. the big issue is the post-fiscal cliff trade. that's what everybody's trying to figure out. that's where there's a lot of differences of opinion. by and large it's been a strong argument to buy going into the fiscal cliff and sell after that, the
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